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What is an abrasion? An abrasion is a superficial rub or wearing off of the skin, usually caused by a scrape or a brush burn. Abrasions are usually minor injuries that you can treat at home. When
Most incidences of accidental child strangulation, suffocation and choking occur in the home. As a parent, extra care should be taken to childproof your house for young children, keeping in mind that
A sprain is a stretch injury of the ligaments that support the ankle. The ligaments on the outside of the ankle are most commonly injured when the foot is turned inward on an awkward step. About 25
Overview Whether your child is bitten by a family pet or an animal in the wild, the scratches and bites can become infected and cause scarring. All animal bites require treatment based on the type and
More than 200 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning, and thousands of others develop symptoms that require emergency medical attention. Carbon monoxide poisoning is the most common cause
Chemical burns can occur when strong acids or alkalies come in contact with your child's skin or eyes. Caring for chemical burns: Rinse exposed area with running water for 20 minutes; a hose is
Your child can get an electrical burn if he or she makes contact with electricity, either alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC). Boston Children's Hospital's Injury Prevention Program The
Often caused by sports or other physical activity, eye injuries can be serious and are usually quite painful. They are also a common cause of vision loss in children. Eye injuries can range from
Children may get minor cuts, wounds, and face lacerations while playing, climbing or during sports activities. Most of these injuries can be handled at home with simple first-aid treatment. The gums,
It's not uncommon for children to get foreign objects, like a speck of dirt, in their eyes. Foreign bodies in the eye refer to any objects in the eye not meant to be there. The object may be in the
Fractures happen when there’s more force applied to the bone than the bone can withstand. If your child has a fracture, it means that his bone has partially or completely broken. A fracture in a child
While some head injuries do cause serious and lasting damage, it’s important to remember that “head injury” is a broad term describing many different types of trauma—ranging from mild to severe. Here
Overview Exposure to abnormal or prolonged amounts of heat and humidity without relief or adequate fluids can cause various types of heat-related illness. Children and adolescents adjust more slowly
Most insect stings cause only minor physical discomfort (although even a regular insect sting can be both painful and frightening for your child). But certain insects’ stings may cause allergic
When children play outside, especially in the warmer months, it's not unusual for insects to fly into the ear and become trapped. Sometimes, the insect dies after entering the ear; other times, it may
What is a laceration? A laceration is tear or opening in the skin caused by an injury. If your child has a small cut, he or she may only need minor treatment at home. If your child has a large
A laceration is tear or opening in the skin caused by an injury. If your child has a small laceration, he or she may only minor treatment at home. If your child has a large laceration, he may require
Lead poisoning occurs when lead — a metal that was once a common ingredient in paint and is still used in batteries, pipes, pottery and even cosmetics — builds up in the body. Little by little, lead
What is a puncture wound? It is common for children to have puncture wounds. A puncture wound is a deep wound made by a sharp object such as a nail or a jagged piece of metal or wood. Puncture wounds
Learning the signs of respiratory distress If your child is having difficulty breathing, she may show signs of being in danger of respiratory distress. It is important to learn these signs to know how
The shoulder The shoulder is the most versatile joint in the body, moving in many different directions. A sudden force to the shoulder, as from a collision, for example, can cause the top of the upper
Overview Small cuts and scrapes are often viewed as part of childhood and growing up. Most cuts and scrapes are minor injuries that can be treated at home. The skin opening may bleed or drain a small
What is a splinter? A splinter is a sharp sliver of wood, glass or other debris that is lodged underneath the skin. Removal of small, superficial splinters can usually be done at home. First-aid for
Most sports injuries, such as sprains or strains, are caused by minor trauma. Sprains are ligament injuries resulting from wrenching or twisting a joint. Strains are injuries to a muscle or tendon,
Tennis elbow is an injury to the tendons attaching the forearm muscles to the outer part of the elbow. This injury comes from repetitive stress — in other words, a simple physical activity repeated
What is tetanus? Tetanus is an acute, sometimes fatal, disease of the central nervous system, caused by the toxin of the tetanus bacterium, which usually enters the body through an open wound. The
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